Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU

Added by cretemixer on 04-17-2003

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, but nothing special. It immediately reminds me of Southern Tier's HopSun as a light an relatively hoppy wheat beer. The juicy, citrus hops are quite crisp but the malt flavor simply provides a sweet background for the hops. Overall, it's not that complex, but it's a refreshing beer for hops fans.

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Photo of Gavage
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellow gold in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing formed on the glass during the drink. The aroma was phenominal as huge floral tones were married with citrus and grassy wheat tones. The flavor was unique. Heavy floral hoppiness with strong citrus and spice, balanced with a subtle wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a long dry finish. Medium bodied with strong floral and citrus lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. This is a great brew.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of honestdave tnanx bro

A: poured a golden yellow into my tulip with a 2 finger head and left some good sticky lacing on my glass.

S: has some nice hoppy floral aromas that seems to balance out well with the malts in the nose. I also got hints of caramel and citrus zest as well. Very pleasent smell to this beer.

T: a creamy citrus flavor hit my palate first with slight hoppy bitterness which had not too much malt charater to it.

M: light to meduim body with very little carbonation but had a creamy texture with some crispness.

D: was kinda flat for the style but I always enjoy a FFF beer. Overall had a good nose and a decent flavor. Wouldn't mind having some more.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Floyds is giving midwest Brewing one heck of a reputation. These guys are fearless much like their art work for their beers. Gumball Head is by far my favorite wheat beer. The appearance is a clear yellow/golden color with nice carbonation that provides good white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is a wonderful bouquet spice and citrus formed by the Amarillo hops. The taste has a great citrus combo of lemon/grapefruit/apricot and touch of spice that I can't define. The mouthfeel is question. This wheat beer could be a pale ale easily. An absolute must try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle!
Poured in to pint glass

A - Hazy dark yellow colour with hald a finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose is a cross between a wheat beer and a pale ale. Citrus and piney hops are present along with a crisp citrus wheat beer palate. Very interesting.

T - Follows the nose. A nice crisp and bitter citrus hops taste up front with a crisp citrus wheat beer profile evident more so in the background. A good cross between the two styles.

M - Light body, lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent and unique beer and one that I would love to track down again.

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden color. Half-inch head and a thin lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Love the smell of this beer. Citrus, pine, and IPA-ish.

T- Good, not great. Nice balance of hops and malts.

M- Very crisp.

D/O- Wheats generally aren't my favorite but I could definitely imbibe on this and only this on a summer night in the not-to-distant future. Will drink again...thanks for the beer John!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color, and it is topped by a tan head. A wonderful aroma of candied fruit rises up from my glass, the aroma definitely lives up to its name. I smell notes of apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. The taste is light bodied, and slightly sweet, and thick with pungent hop flavors. A clean crisp beer hides under the domination hop flavors of apricot and lemon. this beer is not overly bitter, like perhaps the hop flavor and aroma my suggest, it has a medium level of bitterness in the finish. I definitely know of no gumball that is quite so exquisite as this elixir. This is a damn good Summer offering, certainly not a traditional wheat beer, but the wheat lightens this beer up and makes it a great summer refresher. This is a straight forward, one-dimensional attack of Amarillo hops, if you like them then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, via LIF. Been wanting to try this one for quite some time, Three Floyds has my attention. Into a tulip.

Pours a clear golden orange, with a tinge of straw yellow to it. One and half fingers of head here, quickly fades to a very thin layer of head with a bigger collar. Aroma is a very pleasant citrus hop, led by some orange, nectarine and peach. A touch of lemon rind here as well, with some malty sweetness underneath it. Taste has a nice wheat character to it (well duh!), decorated with citrus hop profile that's exceptionally refreshing for the style. Follows the aroma pretty well for the taste. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation and very drinkable. Approximates the perfect summer beer, and is incredibly sessionable.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Chilled, crisp golden color with a giant, densely packed white head of tiny bubbles. Sticky patches of web like lacing and very retentive.
S: Big wheat beer smell underlined by an equally big hoppy aroma. Citrusy, lemon zest smell, with lingering bitter hop smell.
T: Light body with high carbonation. Immediate hop bitterness, with slight sweetness from malt trying to balance it and finishes with wheat taste and dry hop taste. Strong lemony citrus flavor in the body as well. Very crisp and refreshing, great summertime beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds

Pours a light straw yellow. Very good clarity and decent head retention. Aroma of wheat, citrus and mild herbal qualities. In the taste, moderate wheat, and a good dose of hops. Hop flavors of citrus, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) and mild pine. Still, the hops are in the background and don't steal the show. More wheat, with a grainy flavor and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied. Overall, a really nice pale wheat, refreshing and enough hops to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, this is summer, so I have a good feeling that this a pretty fresh bottle, have been wanting to try this for a long time, poured into a hefeweizen glass,

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow, not as cloudy as a hefe, with a medium, white head, but leaves excellent Belgian lacing.

S: Smells of fragrant, piney, grapefruity hops, with some grain notes and bubblegum.

T: The hoppiest wheat beer that I have ever had, great grapefruit and floral notes, almost tastes of wildflower honey, with some bubblegum, but the hops dominate.

M: Quite light, smooth, and refreshing, with scrubbing bubbles from the carbonation.

D: A great wheat beer, probably the best American wheat beer that I have ever had, probably not worth $10 a bomber, but would definitely seek it out again if I were in a part of the country where it is normally distributed, a great summer refresher.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this brew.

Pours a clear/clean golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice huge two finger plus creamy/foamy white head, which then leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some spices, yeast, grassy, and slight caramel. The taste is nice, malty/hoppy, yeasty/grassy, slight spice, and some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this one out.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of citrus, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of wheat, hint of floral hops, and an odd (candy flavor). Overall, good aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of Zorro
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 OZ Bomber provided by Thaichile.

Pours a near clear orange colored ale with a bit of a white head. This truly looks like an AIPA in the glass.

Smell is mild sweet malt with a great deal of biscuit and cracker in it. There is a mild faint hop scent here that doesn't seem to quite make it up to pale ale strength. Faint citrus and pine but nothing too noticeable.

Taste is slightly sweet with a damn good citrus hop flavor in my mouth with a faint melon and lemon and tea after taste. Definitely sweet and strong on the hops, this is like Dreadnaughts little brother in a good way. There is a biscuit malt flavor here but this is most certainly a hops beer and one that I really dig.
Yummy tasty strong hops that is what makes this beer. This gets a 5, as there isn't another American Wheat beer in the same class, Sierra Nevada should taste this and fix their wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is good without being too thick for a summer beer.

This is in my book the ultimate lawnmower beer and simply the best American Style Wheat Beer by at least a factor of two, nothing else comes close. Only real defect is that the hops hide from your nose, but that might not be what you need in a summer beer. Best wheat beer in the USA, all the other brewers could learn a lot from this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What in previous bottles I've had was a peachy froth of capping, had fizzled out quickly with this one. What remains is only a thin collar, tightly bound to the outside circumference. To the light, the body takes on a lemon juice yellow colour. Away from the light, the beer shifts to a more enhance shade of sunset orange.

This smell should be a legal trademark of Three Floyds. A bursting bouquet, both fruity and sappy, that blooms with huge blasts of tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus. There are notes of pineapple and mango as well. This is island punch for the hophead!

The mouthfeel is crisp and tremendously refreshing. A perfect balance is struck between hops and malt, bitterness and softness. Just a tad acidic, which only adds to its quenching power. It passes over the palate almost too smoothly.

With every sip I take I can imagine myself doing 'snow angels' in a truck full of freshly picked hops. I lay there, on my back, swinging my arms up and down, the smile on my face ear to ear. A beautiful exotic woman brings me a hallowed out pineapple with a straw umbrella garnishing its side. From this I drink the most wonderful beverage - this is that beverage.

I read one reviewer of this beer say "... I'm really starting to become a fan of Three Floyds". Really? Just now? I was a fan even before I ever tried one of their beers! (Common, how cool is ALL their label artwork?) Drink one - any - Three Floyds beer and you'll be a fan.

These guys know how to brew; they are certainly among the best in the United States. If there's anything they may very be the best at it's brewing hoppy beers. Three Floyds has mastered this to the point of flawlessness. Point in case: the Gumballhead.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional. It pours a nice dark golden, with no haze, but also very little head. The nose is very nice- some nice crisp hops and some pronounced fruitiness. The taste is amazing, some nice hop bitterness and spiciness up front followed by a surge of juicy fruitiness that tastes almost like a gumball, followed by a nice clean but full wheat finish. The mouthfeel is rich for a wheat beer and a little less crisp than some, as it coats the mouth a little, but still quite good. I could drink this all night. The flavor keeps pulling you back for another swallow. Unique!

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap and it was a cloudy pale straw yellow and golden in color with a light white head. It had a nice piny, citrusy (grapefruit?) aroma to it with light yeast and sweetness. The taste was excellent. It was very citrusy with slight hoppiness to it and had a dry, yeasty after taste. It was very light but well carbonated, crisp, and smooth. This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers around. It's excellent on tap so grab it if you can find it.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger white foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

The smell was very aromatic citris hop. There was a good yeasty element as well.

The flavor was very clean and refreshing. Excellent citris hop balanced by a strong biscuity backbone. Clean doughy aftertaste. A very unique and hoppy wheat ale.

The mouthfeel was light and clean, but with a little to chew on.

Very drinkable and refreshing. An excellent all seasons ale. Thanks to orbitalr0x for this gem.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another long day at the office. The boss was riding my ass in the morning, and my wife was riding my ass after lunch. Too much stress and too little alcohol pretty much sums up the day. I went out to my car at lunch and downed a bomber of Imperial Stout, and then put an entire pack of gum in my mouth to mask the alcohol. "I'm not an alcoholic," I keep telling myself, "I just enjoy craft beer. I'm a beeradvocate." After a couple hours I started getting anxious again. Another hour later, depression set in and my hand began twitching involuntarily. Symptoms of alcoholism? I don't think so, I'm just going through craft brew withdrawal. I just need one drink of craft brew. It's not the alcohol I like, it's the barrel aged complexity. "I would still drink it if it was devoid of alcohol," I tell myself. "I'm a beeradvocate, not an alcoholic." I was on my way home when the nausea and headache set in. "God damn it. I should have drank that magnum of barrel aged beer before I left work. What was I thinking? I can't go this long without craft brew!" When I got home, my craft brew withdrawal was more than I could bear. I opened the fridge and saw Gumballhead staring at me. Thank gods for craft brew. I pour the sweet nectar into my glass while my wife screams at me from the other room. "I just enjoy craft brew!" I tell her. "Please, honey, just let me enjoy my craft brew. I'm not an alcoholic," I say as I begin pouring the Gumballhead into my mouth, half of it spilling all over my face and freshly dry-cleaned suit. I just want to drift away to the land of craft beer, where there are no alcoholics, and drinking first thing in the morning is socially acceptable.

The beer appears straw golden and effervescent with a creamy white head. The retention is good and only a little lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is floral with some grapefruit, lemon, and orange. I wasn't expecting a hop bouquet, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Some peppery spiciness is evident, as well as a tiny wheat malt backbone.

I'm greeted by citrus in the flavor: lemon and grapefruit. Some wheat is noticeable, and there's just a little sweetness. The bitterness is tame throughout, but is at a medium level in the finish. A little peppery spiciness is reminiscent of rye. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but that's not surprising. For 4.8%, this beer packs a lot of flavor. The finish is wheat and citrus, leaving some lemon lingering on my palate.

The beer is light bodied with good carbonation

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Brickskeller the other night.

The beer pours a clear, honey gold color with OK head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, you can tell right off this is not your typical wheat beer, as I get a wonderful spicey, floral nose of hops. For a hophead like myself, this is very impressive. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this hoppy wheat beer, though interestingly I get most of the bitterness on the mid palate, with the beer having a smooth, fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is refreshingly light, yet still very smooth and long. Drinkability is flat out perfection in this beer. It's literally lip smacking good, with a level of alcohol that would allow you to consume several without really feeling the effects.

Really an impressive wheat beer from this obviously very talented brewery.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy pale golden color with a 2 inch white head that lasts for a moment. Huge bits of chunky lacing with small bits of carbonation can be seen.
Smell is of rich, blended red wheat with an array of citrusy hops jumping out of the glass. There are bits of ripe pear, and melon with a touch of vanilla deep in the aroma when the last remnants of the yeasty brew are poured out.
Taste is an interesting blend of full wheat and hops with yeast, pears, and citrusy hops. Refreshing at first but a tad chewy and filling.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied of the creamy wheat and bitterness that has a strange but pleasant feel. Creaminess mixed with bitterness that seems to overlap rather than clash makes this unique brew an excellent choice to try if for nothing else.
Drinkability is good but more than one in a sitting would be more than enough for me with the heavier body and the other choices you can find.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and clean, refreshing wheat beer with lots of flavor and good hoppiness not usually found in the style. Pours nearly clear, light amber/gold, with a two finger head, solid retention, and some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrusy, mostly grapefruit and pineapple, hints of pine, light graininess and wheat character. Not a huge nose but an appealing and clean one.

The flavor does a nice job of balancing very mild malty sweetness, some wheat character, and the flavorsome citrus of the hops while keeping the bitterness mostly restrained. Again there is grapefruit and pineapple and lesser pine resin notes but they don't dominate, merely enliven and compliment the other flavors. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is fairly short and leaves more of the hop flavor lingering than any particularly assertive bitterness.

Body is medium light; carbonation is medium, feel is crisp and smooth, lively without being fizzy. An easy drinking, quenching session brew great for a hot day or paired with a pizza dinner!

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Photo of corby112
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thin, fizzy half finger white head that immediately disappears leaving only the smallest spots of lacing.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma for the style with a prominent earthy pine presence as well as hints of citrus and tropical. I'm picking up pine needle, grapefruit and lemon peel as well as some faint malt but not many characteristics of a wheat beer. Slight bread/yeast and citrus fruit but not much in the way of spice/clove. It smells great just not like a wheat beer.

Medium bodied with a good balance of earthy and citrus hops, crisp, light fruit, citrus peel and spice. There is some earthy pine needle and citrus/tropical fruit notes from the hops but it isn't as hop forward as the aroma suggests. The wheat beer characteristics are much more prevalent in the palate and flavor. Good balance of bread/yeast, citrus peel and clove notes. Clean, crisp and easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got my first 6 pack of this and did a head-to-head tasting against Lil Sumpin Sumpin to determine who the king of american wheat pale ale's was.

Light carbonation on the pour. Lots of piney notes on the nose and palate, that linger the longest with the aftertaste. Very easy drinking and enjoyable, do have to admit (only slightly) I preferred sumpin sumpin. Another great brew from FFF. Cheers

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a crystal clear body and a gentle carbonation. The head is a soapy white head with a collection of big bubbles mixed in.

S- All hops in this nose. Lots of green floral hops with some citrus and a hint of earthiness. A slight hint of pale malt is hidden in there aswell.

T- strong spicy hops with a hint of cat pee, but in a good way, if that makes sense. a bit of earthy citrus, more lemon, hops follow but are blended with a honey malt flavor. It also has a bit of softness from the wheat.

M- medium mouthfeel with just a hint of fizz from the carbonation. It has some astringency from the hops but not much.

D- This is a great beer for a summer session beer. It has the great hops coming through and a nice softness from the wheat that gives it a base to stand on. When I see this on the shelves I know summer is close.

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